Floridian Dave Arnold* looks like an average guy, with slight build and wispy (don’t tell him we called it that) hair. Sitting on his front porch in a wooden rocker on this crisp fall day, you’d expect nothing out of the ordinary. But Dave* is no ordinary man, because he believes that he is the actual creator of the expanse known as ‘The Internet’.
We sat down with Dave* and got to know him, and got to talk with him about his experiences creating something so wonderful.
iTag LIVE: Dave*, a lot of people are probably wondering, who are you? Why have we never heard of Dave Arnold* until now.
Dave*: Well, I like to keep to myself, I don’t want to brag about my accomplishments. I’m just a regular guy, who really loved computers and wanted to build something that everyone would use.
iTag LIVE: How do you respond to the nay-sayers who claim that a certain former-presidential-hopeful created the internet?
Dave*: I wouldn’t respond most times. I think if you’re wrong you should stay that way, so others can make fun of you too. But honestly, I don’t think any of the presidential hopefuls I’ve met personally would be able to handle the high level of technical prowess required to create an internet.
iTag LIVE: Oh? How many presidential hopefuls have you met personally? That seems like it would be pretty exciting.
Dave*: Me? None. I don’t hang out with the presidential types. I’m more of a biker kind of guy.
iTag LIVE: … okay. Well, moving on, Can you tell us a little bit about creating the internet? What was it like? Was it hard? How did you convince people to use it? Things like that.
Dave*: Sure, I can tell you about it. I started by purchasing a piece of equipment known in the trade as a ‘modem’. It turns out, this thingy is really important to the internet. Once I had that set up the rest was pretty straightforward. I’m still not entirely sure how everyone figured out to start using it once I did it, but there were websites going up pretty much as soon as I got it set up. I think I must have accidentally back-fed the internet onto the phone lines and my darn neighbors got ahold of it that way.
iTag LIVE: Wait… A modem? What year are we talking about here?
Dave*: Oh, this was just a couple weeks ago. Have you not heard of modems yet? I know they’re still kind of new-fangled…
iTag Live: Dave*, you do realize the internet has been around since like 1981-ish, right?
Dave*: How could that possibly be? I’ve been around all this time, and I never heard of it until now. I think someone is feeding you lies. You’re just like my grandson, you believe everything you hear.
iTag LIVE: Okay. Well, I think we’re probably done here. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us today Dave*.
Dave*: Oh come on, you’re going already? Could I interest you in the story of how I created television then? That one definitely happened before 1980! Please don’t go! I’m so lonely…
iTag LIVE: Goodbye Dave*.
* Name changed for anonymity